Living Jewish: Living Chesed
of kindness have an exponential effect on our environment. Just
imagine this. A man on his way to work drops his wallet, but fails
to notice. About an hour later, a knock on his office door
interrupts his concentration – and he’s about to admonish the
intruder. But, before he has the opportunity to do so, the stranger
hands over the wallet, and says… “This is yours, I believe.” The
man, rises from his chair, a bewildered look on his face.
Instinctively he taps his back pocket. Recognizing what had just
occurred, he thanks the stranger who immediately takes his leave.
As the man sat back on his chair, with his demeanor changed, and his
being filled with good will, he notices a postcard on his desk. It
was an urgent call to participate in a blood drive that afternoon.
Brimming inwardly with the good fortune that befell him, he hurries
over to add his contribution to a very worthwhile cause. Upon his
return, co-workers ask what prompted his urgent excursion. He tells
them, and wouldn’t you know… many others follow suit.
Judaism’s foundation is embedded in social awareness and acts of
kindness. Chesed, (pronounced khe-sed, is Hebrew for
compassion and loving-kindness), according to Ethics of Our
Fathers, is one of three pillars that support the world. The
Talmudic sage, Rabbi Akiva, is famous for saying that "’loving your
neighbor as you love yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18) is a fundamental
rule in the Torah.” And Old Rabbi Hillel asserted, when asked to
summarize the Torah: "What is hateful to you, do not do to others,”
from which one can extrapolate – the converse – “Do for others what
you would want done for you.”
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Read more about Chesed and Jewish
Charity by clicking below.
The Rich Go to Heaven: Giving Charity in
Jewish Thought by Chaim